As on of our highly valued Housekeepers, you're at the front line of delivery. You’ll ensure all aspects of the House(s) run smoothly and efficiently, by coordinating and managing all house staff. You also ensure the catering service runs efficiently in line with budget, so the role may include cooking and meals preparation for large groups of residents.
It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents. You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day. And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided.
You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner. And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited. Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.
You will also ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition. Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review. You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role. Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.
You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team. And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.
You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.
Finally, you'll demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.
In line with your casual (bank) worker assignment agreement, we offer competitive pay that is in line with those of our employed staff in similar roles. And depending on how many hours you work, you will accrue leave at an equivalent rate of 29 days paid leave in a full calendar year, inclusive of bank/public holidays (pro rata).
To carry out this role, you will be provided with mandatory training to get you started, as part of a comprehensive induction. And to work for us in future assignments, you will be expected to keep your mandatory training up to date.
About the Company
Set in the heart of Warkworth, Abbeyfield House was built in 1850 and is a stunning listed building constructed from yellow sand stone. The house was previously an old vicarage and became a part of Abbeyfield in 1985. Some renovation work has been done over the years adding bathrooms and a large laundry room.
There are nine en-suite flats in a variety of sizes. Abbeyfield House overlooks the River Coquet at the rear and St Lawrence church at the front. There is a bus stop close to the house with good links to Alnwick via coastal routes.
We have a lovely quiet lounge area which overlooks the river, residents enjoy relaxing here and looking out at the beautiful views. There are gardens surrounding the house which are perfect for sitting out on a warm day and ideal to take a stroll in the grounds.
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